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Armchair BEA: Introductions & Literature

ArmchairBEA LogoExampleThis will be my fourth year participating in Armchair BEA. And I can’t believe I almost missed it. Maybe one of these years I’ll attend the event that doesn’t involve me sitting in my comfy chair blogging from my laptop. But this year I’m really glad to be at home.

Introductions

As this is my fourth year, I am skipping the question that talks a little bit about myself. I feel like I’ve blathered about myself way too much over the past few years, so I’m going to try and pick questions that are a little bit different.

Q. What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ .

I mostly read YA and within that genre, most of the books are paranormal/urban fantasy. Prior to discovering YA I used to genre hop, but ever since 2008 I’ve been pretty much focused on reading this genre.

There are a million and one reasons why I love YA – the writing, the characters, the stories are just a few. I love the variety within YA. I love the firsts. I love the action and adventure. I love the magic.

YA lets me escape into the books I read, connect with the characters in worlds that are different from my own. And whether the stories are heartbreaking, bittersweet or heartwarming, action-packed and tension-filled, epic, thrilling or downright chilling, I love them all.

Q. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers).

I don’t get the chance to read very many blogs and I’m too shy to socialize with very many bloggers. Though there are quite a few bloggers that I like and respect even if I don’t always get the chance to read their blogs.

As I don’t want to risk leaving someone out, I thought I’d just list five of the blogs that I visit on a (somewhat) regular basis. And they are…

Two Chicks on Books

Parajunkee

Good Books and Good Wine

Bewitched Bookworms

The Bloggess

Q. Share your favorite book or reading related quote.

Some of you may know that my favorite author of all time is Stephen King. And one of my favorite books of all time is his novel THE LONG WALK. It is from this book that my favorite line derives.

He just kept picking them up and laying them down.

While it’s not so much a quote, it is one of my most favorite lines due to its context and what it’s come to mean to me. In a nutshell it’s a story about survival and the main character in the book, Ray Garraty, has to beat out 99 other competitors. And while luck and physical strength factor in, much of the walk is about willpower and having what it takes to survive.

And sometimes it comes down to being able to just keep moving forward. Putting one foot in front of the other. Which is just so true in life.

Of course Dimitri’s quote to Rose in SPIRIT BOUND is also a favorite.

“Love fades. Mine has.”

Broke. My. Heart.

Still does.

Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why?

OMG I love deserted island questions!!! And I will not cheat this time.

THE LONG WALK by Stephen King. It’s one of my favorite books of all time. I read it every year. I couldn’t go without my annual read. Every time I read it I find myself discovering something new, feeling something new. It’s heartbreaking and devastating and cruel and powerful. And while not YA, the characters are young adults, it’s a dystopian, it’s epic.

WIZARD AND GLASS by Stephen King. If I could bring the entire series I would, but of all the books in the Dark Tower series, WIZARD AND GLASS is my favorite. It is the story that centers around Roland’s past. (Roland is my favorite fictional character of all time.) It has magic and heartbreak and adventure. I could get lost in this story again and again.

And for the third book… I was going to list a book I wouldn’t want to read, one that’s super long that I wouldn’t mind using as a fire starter. But something just doesn’t sit right with me about burning a book. Even for survival. So I guess I’ll have to say…

CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare. It releases tomorrow and is the only book in The Mortal Instruments series that I haven’t read. I don’t know how I could bear it if I didn’t get the chance to see what happens in this final book in the series. I think I’d go cray cray on the deserted island always wondering. Plus as it’s over 700 pages it would kill a bunch of time.

As far as non-book items, I have to say potable water, matches, knife. (I’m seriously hoping the island has trees bearing fruit or coconuts.) Though I’d totally swap the knife for a sailboat if a sailboat counted as an “item.”

Q. What book would you love to see as a movie?

Yeah, I know, this is getting OLD, but THE LONG WALK by Stephen King. Someone bought up the film rights awhile back and has been sitting on them. Which kills me.

I know most Stephen King books don’t translate well into film. But this one has the potential. Even though much of the story takes place inside Ray Garraty’s head, I think there’s a lot of potential for a good director and decent actors to make this heartbreaking novel a heartbreaking film.

Sadly Hollywood would probably destroy it with bad music, corny jokes and downplay the cruelty and tragedy of it all – the fact that 99 boys will lose their life, that their feeling of invincibility is quickly stripped from them once the reality of the situation sets in and that there’s nothing they can do to stop what will happen unless they can be the one, the winner.

Literature

What do you think of when you think of literature? Classics, contemporary, genre, or something else entirely? We are leaving this one up to you to come up with and share the literature that you want to chat about the most. Feel free to share a list of your favorites, break down your favorite genre, feature your favorite authors, and be creative about all things literature in general.

I think of any book with words (versus pictures) as literature. Fiction, non-fiction, classic, contemporary. All of it comes under the umbrella of the term for me.

While in my head, I may say the word “literature” with a hoity-toity, snobbish tone, turning the word into something that sounds more like “lit-rat-sure,” in my reality I don’t think literature should be limited to those books some deem “worthy” of the title.

If I were to list all my favorite books I’d be here for a long, long time. They number in the hundreds. But I suppose I could list a few of my favorite authors.

Classics – Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Charlotte Bronte, John Steinbeck, Franz Kafka, Stephen Crane

Children’s – Richard Adams, E.B. White, George Selden, Kenneth Grahame, Beatrix Potter, William Steig, Natalie Babbitt, Norton Juster, Madeleine L’Engle, Judy Blume, Paula Danziger, Robert C. O’Brien, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Carolyn Keene

Contemporary – Janet Fitch, Emma McLaughin, Nicola Kraus, Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella, Danielle Steel

Genre Fiction – Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, John Saul, Agatha Christie, Kresley Cole, Karen Marie Moning

New Adult – Tammara Webber, J. Lynn, Sophie Jordan

Young Adult – (I have a ton, so will just list a few of those who I’ve loved since before I became a blogger.) Rachel Vincent, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Melissa Marr, Lesley Livingston, Claudia Gray, Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater


Well, that’s it for me. I’m about a million hours late in posting today’s topic. But it’s better late than never, right?

Anyway, if you’re participating in Armchair BEA, feel free to leave a link to your introduction post so I can “meet” you! And whether it’s your first Armchair BEA or your second, third, fourth or more, I hope you have an awesome time, meet some new bloggers and authors, perhaps win a few amazing books, and have as much fun – if not more – as you would if you’d been attending the expo this week.

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